By LARRY VAUGHT
With safety Darius West out for the season with a knee injury and nickel back Blake McClain now filling his spot, Kentucky coach Mark Stoops says he is “exploring a few different things” in the secondary.
“Kendall (Randolph) always plays nickel well. The freshmen are playing mostly, primarily at corner, because they’re both I think have big, big upside at corner. So, we’re getting a lot of work with them,” Stoops said.
“And J.D. (Harmon) is very flexible. J.D. in the scrimmage played nickel, corner and safety, so it’s nice to have that versatility with him. But now with Darius gone down we’ve got to settle in with J.D. primarily playing corner with the three guys with experience right there.
“Fooling around with Kendall inside. He’s a good inside player. He’s a lot like Blake. He could play some corner, but he’s more efficient at nickel, dime and safety. They’re good cover guys in there, and then as you get bigger you go with Marcus McWilson at safety and so on and so on. We have some flexibility.”
Kobie Walker is an “explosive” player who could figure into the playing rotation.
“Kobie Walker is doing some good things. He’s a little bit of a tweener, but he’s a very good rush guy. He’s very active when he rushes. We need that, but he’s also in between. He’s kind of got a linebacker body, but he runs very good. So we can play him in some packages as well. So, we’re starting to fool around with a lot of that stuff,” Stoops said.